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The SPCA’s Humane Education Department, established in 1883, offers programs and services for children and adults of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Our goal is to help build a kinder community; by incorporating the values of kindness, compassion, responsibility, and empathy into our programs, we inspire individuals to join us in our mission.

If you would like to learn more about the SPCA’s Humane Education programs or would like to volunteer, please contact Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at

Virtual Field Trips and Tours

The SPCA Serving Erie County is offering virtual field trips and tours for school classrooms, homeschool groups, after-school programs, scouting groups, camp groups, and more!

A $50.00 tour fee will virtually allow participants to  “visit” adoptable animals, Educational Farm permanent and temporary residents, wild animals receiving treatment in the Wildlife Department, enjoy an up-close-and-personal meeting with one of our animal ambassadors, and more!

Tale for Two

Tale for Two is a “reading-to-animals” program for children ages five through 16, encouraging them to read aloud to adoptable shelter animals at the SPCA! Animals will benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children will work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence. Both in-person and virtual reading options are available at this time!  

Summer Camp

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Summer Camp 2021 is filled! Information on Camp-At-Home packets will be coming soon; please check back!

Humane Ed Programs

SPCA-To-Go Backpacks let kids ages five through 16 bring the fun of the SPCA home with them in an engaging, screen-free way!

Six different backpacks include a minimum of five activities, art projects and the opportunity to explore. Materials required for all the activities are included in the backpacks, along with an activity guide with step-by-step instructions and ideas for continued exploring once backpack activities are complete.